SNP unveils its election manifesto

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has pledged to protect the 'record levels of NHS spending' as it launched its election manifesto.

The SNP pledged to abolish prescription charges if it is elected
The SNP pledged to abolish prescription charges if it is elected

Party leader Alex Salmond said the SNP would ‘offer an alternative to the planned Labour and Tory cuts' and promised to not let the London-based parties undermine Scotland's NHS.

‘As part of our commitment to direct more to the frontline and protect the things that are most important, we will take forward vital investment including our £1bn programme of new community health facilities through the Scottish Futures Trust and the £840m new Southern General hospital in Glasgow,' the manifesto said.

The SNP also pledged to ‘move forward' with its proposals to abolish prescription charges in 2011 if it is elected.

‘We believe prescription charges are a tax on ill health and we are proud to stand for what is an essential principle of a health service free at the point of need. We will not let the London parties and their cuts undermine Scotland's NHS,' it said.

The SNP also said it would continue take action to improve health, prevent ill-health and tackle health inequalities, as well as acting to tackle obesity and promote physical activity.

‘We are also acting to tackle the health impact of tobacco, with legislation to restrict cigarette displays and remove vending machines. And we are investing more than ever in rehabilitation so that drug addicts can kick the habit,' the manifesto said.

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